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Come As You Are | Weekend Inspiration

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What comes to your mind when these three words are used in the same phrase: plaid, florals, and denim? To some of us these are synonyms of the 1990's Grunge fashion, and a style that came back to invade the fashion runways of Fall 2013. Since I started working in this industry it has been a fun challenge to infuse runway fashion into quilts, and vice versa. The collage has a few examples of how you can incorporate this style into your projects. The floral prints in Rock 'n Romance by Pat Bravo are undeniably Kurt Cobain approved. She released her free quilt pattern with this collection and it Smells Like Teen Spirit. Too Courtney corny? Not if this is one of your favourite styles (as it is one of mine).

Some prints in Legacy by Angela Walters are a Sublime infusion of a denim look into quilting weight fabric (hence the name Drawn Destiny Denim). Raw edge appliqué with this fabric? No Doubt grungy. The denim quilt is by Willy Wonky Quilts.

Of course I left plaid for last because it did not come back... it never left. Plaid is a classic, and Jeni Baker gifts us this plaid Oasis in Nördika. I want a jumper like that too! I also found this Broken Plaid quilt by Handmade by Alissa that is a Pearl Jam; a perfect example of how to translate this style into quilting.

I hope this brings you a new wave of inspiration for 2014.

Rock 'n Sew,

Lauv

Runway photo credits from top to bottom:

Dries Von Noten (Photo by Peter Stigter)

Saint Laurent (Photo by Peter Stigter)

3.1 Phillip Lim (Photo by Peter Stigter)

Rebecca Taylor (Photo by Peter Stigter)

Girl with maxi skit: Pinterest

 


My First Quilt Top: A Rookie Quilter's Tale, Pt. 1

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How should I begin? Maybe by confessing to my limited knowledge of sewing and using a sewing machine. Or by admitting that up until a few months ago, I had zero clue on how quilts were made, and zero curiosity to find out.

I’m happy to say that these are no longer the case--somewhat.

I was rocketed into the world of quilting overnight when I began my work at AGF earlier this year. My first day was a literary and visual potpourri of all things quilting and sewing. The first task was to go through a wall of magazines and books on the subjects. By the end of day one I was seeing a blur of blocks, and felt drunk with a new, seemingly overwhelming vocabulary of terms like batting, basting, piecing,--on and on and on. “What have I gotten myself into?”

Fast forward some six months into my new venture in this industry and I am sitting in on a meeting at Quilt Market--a quilting magazine editor and I are discussing whether one of our upcoming quilts should be made using on-point or horizontal blocks.

Crazy how that works. And even crazier, but totally expected and overdue: I am working on finishing my first quilt!

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On a Pinterest hunt one day, I stumbled on a graphic design pattern that instantly caught my eye. I went back to it day after day and finally decided, “I’m going to have to make this into a quilt.” By this point I knew the basic foundations of quilt making, but that’s not to say I wasn’t completely lost and hadn’t a clue where to begin. Luckily for me, I work alongside a talented group of designers and seamstresses that were all too eager to come to my rescue. I got a crash course on quilt math, rotary cutting, and piecing.

Picking out my colors were fairly simple. I’m a modern girl with an instinctual appreciation for graphic arts. I knew the effect I wanted the colors to have on my quilt and I knew I wanted to use our amazing Pures.

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(pe-438 coral reef, pe-415 parisian blue, pe-447 patina green, pe-425 mauvelous, pe-436 creme de la creme)

The design I chose was beginner friendly, as my blocks consist of basic strips 2” wide by 2-10” long. Cutting I found to be utterly unexciting and tedious at first and as a result there are areas on my quilt that fell short due to (among other reasons) my inaccuracy on the cutting mat. I’ll live and learn.  

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My first block was a total mess and I only realized that it was a total mess by the time I arrived at my 8th or so block and noticed I was squaring off less and saw a clear difference in the cleanliness and precision of my seams. It took me that long to finally get into an effective groove of feeding perfectly aligned pieces through the foot of my sewing machine with a consistent 1/4" allowance.

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(i had quite a few misalignment issues and here is clear evidence of a do-over)

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(I wasn't kidding when I said my sewing skills were limited. An all too scant allowance left this hole on the first block)

My verdict after finishing my first ever quilt top? Well, first—thank goodness for seam rippers, and second, I need to hurry up and finish this quilt so I can start my next. I’ve already got another design ready to go and nearly added the image here but decided to keep it under wraps for now ;). My favorite part of this experience so far? Watching my quilt grow from strips, to blocks, to quilt. It’s most rewarding. When I finished my first block I stopped to stare and marvel at it, feeling super smitten with myself. Least favorite part? I think that may be coming up.

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There’s still loads I’ve got to learn about quilt making. My experience is pint-sized compared to most of the people I work with in my industry, but we’ve all started out just the same and mistakes are nothing more than parts of the process.

If you'd like to share any of your tips with me, or the origins of your first quilt, or reprimand me for such careless mistakes, I'd love to hear it all on the comments below!

I’ll be back soon with a finished quilt to show you. Promise.

 


Square + Circle = "Squircle", a Quilt + Giveaway by Amy Friend

Hey everybody,

We've got another quilted stunner for you today by way of Amy Friend of During Quiet Time. Our love and acquaintance with Amy spans its way back to the days of the epic Fat Quarter Gang. We missed her, dropped her an e-mail, one thing led to another and ta-da! This quilt was conceived.

 

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Amy used prints from the Legacy collection and loosely based her design on what happens to be Angela Walter's favorite print from this collection, Grand Mosaic. Genius!

 

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Check out Amy's full post for more photos and enter the giveaway, where two winners will be picked to receive a fat quarter bundle from the collection!

Thanks Amy for a superb job on this quilting project, we look forward to more collaborations with you!

 

 


Sprouts of Joy | Table Runner Tutorial

Hello! How is everyone's December going so far? We are almost half-way through the month which means that the new colour options for one of my favourite blenders in the fabricsphere, Squared Elements, will be here soon! 

Today we created a table runner tutorial focusing on tones of red (taking advantage of the season as well). We wanted to show you one of the new colours in advance, and Pomegranate as the main fabric brought the perfect touch of modernity. 

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Here is what you will need:

1. Seven (7) 6 7/8” squares of White Linen (Pure Elements)

    Sub-cut diagonally

2. Seven (7) 6 7/8” squares of Pomegranate (Squared Elements)

    Sub-cut diagonally

3. Seven (7) 2 7/8” squares of London Red (Pure Elements)

4. Two (2) 1¼” x WOF strips of Sprouts of Joy Crimson (Reminisce by Bonnie Christine

5. Three (3) 1 1/2” x WOF strips of Dulcette Azalea (Color Me Retro by Jeni Baker)

6. 1/2 yd of Hibiscus (Nature Elements)

7. Batting

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CONSTRUCTION:

Begin by sewing together the HST patches using one triangle of White Linen and one of Pomegranate. Make fourteen of these patches.

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In order to create the red corners, grab one square of London Red and align it with the corner of the White Linen part of one of the HST patches. Sew on the diagonal of the London Red triangle. Trim 1/4" away from the sewing line, fold upwards and press. Repeat this step seven times.

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Now that you have all of your patches ready, construct two columns, each of seven patches. Pay close attention to the orientation of each patch.

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 Now you can attach the sashing strip of Sprouts of Joy Crimson.

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Now you are ready to quilt it. We decided to do a triangle motif to bring more modernity into the design and used the Tarnish Gold thread from Pat Bravo's Quilting Heart thread collection for Aurifil. For the binding use the strips from Dulcette Azalea. You are done!

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Rock 'n Sew,

Lauv

 


Rapture has Arrived. Time to Let Your Creativity Blossom!

Rapture, by Pat Bravo, is inspired by the story of a girl living within life's creative realm. Her playful and carefree attitude gives way to a sophisticated artistic palette from which she brings her ideas to life. Her creations meander between the beautiful elements she captures in nature, and the spontaneous strokes from her paint brush, pens and pencils.

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These fabrics reflect her story with hues of bright lemon, coral and teal, and modern elements that are imaginative but also retain a classic and confident femininity.

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We're happy to introduce the Rapture lookbook! The idea was born out of our desire to bring more functionality to our shops and consumers with every release of a new fabric collection.

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In addition to it being the best, most concise visual summary of the collection, it also has a few great features we think you'll like:

• Images with "Pattern" labels that link directly to the pattern or instruction's source; whether it's on a website, shop, or magazine--free or paid--we've found it and linked it for you!

• An integrated worldwide online shopping map made to help you instantly find my fabrics, patterns and buy online directly from your favorite retailer!

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As always, we're happy to bring you this collection's free quilt pattern, titled Blissful. It's a great and fresh beginner's quilt that will give you a perfect place to start with this collection. Download the free PDF instructions here.

We hope you're excited about these new gorgeous new fabrics as much as we are!

<3 AGF


Stellar Satchel Tutorial

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Hello eveyone! 

This week I'm here with what I believe is an awesome tutorial for one of my favourite kinds of bag: A satchel. We created a very basic satchel tutorial that is beginner friendly, and also quick to make as a gift. This is a perfect project to display fabric design through a fun shape. We chose the Whimsicöl Tide Panel from Nördika by Jeni Baker for the outside of the bag to display the playfulness of this fabric design and complemented it with Stellar Moonlight for the lining. The fabric choice will truly elevate this bag design. You can choose a playful design like this one, or another option is to choose a pastel floral design for a more romantic look (it is quite hard to choose from so many beautiful possibilities at AGF).

Here is what you will need:

1 Whimsicöl Tide Panel

1/2 yd. Stellar Moonlight

Cut:

  1. (1) 9” x 12 ½” rectangle of Whimsicöl Tide Panel (Nördika)
  2. (1) 12” x 15” rectangle of Whimsicöl Tide Panel (Nördika)
  3. (1) 9” x 12 ½” rectangle of Stellar Moonlight (Nördika)
  4. (1) 12” x 15” rectangle of Stellar Moonlight (Nördika)
  5. (1) 28 ¾ x 3” rectangle of Whimsicöl Tide Panel (Nördika)
  6. (1) 3" x 28 ¾”rectangle of Stellar Moonlight (Nördika)
  7. (2) 4” x 8 ½” rectangle of Whimsicöl Tide Pane (Nördika)
  8. (2) 4” x 2 ½” rectangle of Whimsicöl Tide Pane (Nördika)
  9. (2) 4” x 6 ½” rectangle of Whimsicöl Tide Pane (Nördika)
  10. (1) 36” x 3 ½” rectangle of Whimsicöl Tide Pane (Nördika)
  11. (2) 1 ½” wide semi-circle belt hoops.
  12. (1) 9” x 12 ½” rectangle of medium weight fusible interfacing
  13. (1) 12” x 15” rectangle of medium weight fusible interfacing
  14. (1) 28 ¾” x 3” rectangle of medium weight fusible interfacing
  15. (1) pair of metal snaps

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CONSTRUCTION

Begin by aligning pieces 1 & 2 at the bottom. Fold the pieces in half lengthwise and using an erasable marker mark 2" from the corner on both edges. Draw a curved line connecting both marks. Cut at the curved mark. This will create the rounded edge of your satchel.

Now take piece 2 and measure 9" from the bottom up. Make a mark with and erasable market on both edges of the rectangle. Start tracing a round shape on the top starting at the 9” mark on one side and ending it on the 9” mark of the other side as shown in the diagram below. Folding the piece in half can aid you in achieving symmetry.

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Take piece 1 and start pinning it to piece 5 (both pieces facing each other on the right side of the fabric). Sew them together. Now take piece 3 and sew it to the other side of piece 5. This is the outside part of the satchel's body.

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Fuse the interfacing to the lining pieces (which are 3, 4 & 6)

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Repeat the steps for pieces 1, 2 and 5 with pieces 3, 4 & 6. This will be the lining part of the satchel's body.

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Take the outside part of the satchel (the one previously made with Whimsicöl Tide) and put it inside of the lining piece face-to-face. Pin it around and start sewing the pieces together but remember to leave an opening of at least 4” in the front of the satchel to turn the satchel right side out. Turn the satchel and close the opening with a blind hand stitch. 

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Top stitch 1/4" away from the edge of the satchel.

Take piece 7 and fold it in half lengthwise face-to-face. Sew around the edge leaving one of the short sides open so that you can turn it. Trim the excess fabric and turn it right side out. Press it and fold the edge of the un-sewn side 1/4" inwards closing it with a blind hand stitch. Top stitch 1/4" away from the edges. Insert one corner in a belt hoop and fold the edge towards the other side. Sew the piece as to enclose the belt hoop. Repeat with the other piece 7. Refer to the diagram below and attach both pieces on the sides of the purse.

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Take piece 10 and fold it in half lengthwise face-to-face. Sew around the edge leaving one of the short sides open so that you can turn it. Trim the excess fabric and turn it right side out. Press it and fold the edge of the un-sewn side 1/4" inwards closing it with a blind hand stitch. Top stitch 1/4" away from the edges.

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Take pieces 8 place them together face-to-face. Sew them on the short edges. Turn it the piece over and top stitch 1/4" from the short edges. Take pieces 9 and align them face-to-face. Take piece 8 and place it on top of pieces 9 (make sure that piece 8 is centered since it is shorter than pieces 9). Start sewing around to attach the three pieces creating curves at the corners of pieces 9. Leave and opening wide enough to flip the piece over. Flip the piece over and close the opening with a blind hand needle stitch.

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Insert piece 10 in between pieces 9 & 8.

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To finish insert the ends of piece 10 in each of the lateral hoops. Fold the edge towards itself and sew two horizontal lines to make it stay and reinforce it. Make sure that piece 8 is up so that piece 9 can protect the wearer's shoulder. 

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Attach the metal clasps to the inside of the flap and to the front of the satchel's body (make sure they align correctly when the bag is closed) and you are done!

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as we enjoyed creating it for you. We always love to see what you create so feel free to use all of the AGF social platforms to share your creations :) #artgalleryfabrics

Rock 'n Sew,

Lauv
 


Minimalista quilt & giveaway!

There are some amazing quilters out there in the world wide web. You ladies, and gents, are totally amazing! Today I'd like to introduce to you Nancy, of owen's olivia.

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Nancy made this fabulous quilt featuring every print in all four colorways of our Minimalista fabric collection.

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We're loving the simple modern angles of the rows of "petals." It's so... Minimalista!

Head on over to owen's olivia blog for more about the quilt, and help her name it. We're also hosting a Minimalista fat quarter bundle giveaway on her blog!

GOOD LUCK! (Giveaway will end Dec. 7th at 6:00 AM EST, and two winners will be selected.)

<3 AGF


Introducing: Art Gallery Fabrics Digital LookBooks

Hi everyone!

About two years ago, we began producing and publishing videos to coincide with our pattern and fabric collection releases. The first ever began as a promotional video for the Bo Peep skirt pattern. Soon after this, we took it up one notch and made a dynamic animation video for our Hyperreal fabric collection release. The positive response we received on this video pushed us to continue to provide an interactive platform that would not only explain our point of view for each fabric collection, but also give viewers a real sense of the creative potential behind our designs.

Today we're happy to announce the transformation of that interactive platform from video to digital lookbook!

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For some time, we at AGF were brainstorming on how keep the dynamic visuals of videos but also have something that would be more purposeful for our viewers, consumers and shops. A digital lookbook made the most sense for our new direction. So here you have it! Our first ever lookbook, featuring our most recent collections: Reminisce, Nordika, Tule, Legacy, and Minimalista.

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We believe this new promotional medium is the best, most in-depth look at our fabric collections and all of its possibilities. We’ve highlighted features that include personal notes from the designers outlining their style and inspiration behind their designs, and beautifully curated image composites highlighting the quality, look and aesthetic of each collection.

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Another feature you'll find very useful is the "Pattern Available" labels on the photos. See a project you’d love to make? We’ve taken the guesswork out of finding out whether a garment, accessory or quilt has a pattern. Images with this label will take you directly to the pattern or instructions source; whether it's on a website, shop, or magazine--free or for purchase--we'll link you there.

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You’ll have access to the lookbook any time and on the go. It’s mobile friendly so you can click, zoom, and scroll from your phone or tablet. For quick access, just go to liveartgalleryfabrics.com/lookbooks.html

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Want to buy the collection you're looking at? The map will help you get to the shopping cart quicker. Find the most convenient online store, or your nearest stocked shop by clicking on your location.

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Try it out and let us know what you think!